Theresa Paulette Tanguay


Auburn – Theresa Paulette (Gahagan) Tanguay, 73, of Sabattus, succumbed to cancer, on Friday, Jan. 19, at the Hospice House of Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice, after a courageous struggle.

She was born in Lewiston, Aug. 15, 1933, the daughter of William (Bill) Gahagan and Maxine (Fogg-Gahagan) Bellevance. Her stepfather was Leo Paul Bellevance of Auburn.

She was educated in Auburn schools, Webster Junior High and Edward Little High School. She was employed many years at W.T. Grant of Lewiston and was a homemaker for more than 20 years, while working part-time at Yvon’s Oak Hill Market. Terry retired after more than 10 years as owner of the Kitty Korner Store of Main Street in Lisbon Falls.

She was married on Labor Day, Sept. 5, 1955, to Robert A. Tanguay of Lewiston. They lived in the Lewiston/Auburn area until 1972, then moved into their present home in Sabattus for more than 33 years.

She was a member of Our Lady of the Rosary Church. From 1978 thru 1984, she and husband, Bob, were in partnerships with the Ron McBride family; together they owned and operated the R & R Superette and Yankee Grocer of Main Street in Sabattus. This store is currently owned and operated by her daughter, Brenda, and husband, Jack Hutchings. At the time of her death, she was part-owner of the Kitty Korner Store of Lisbon Falls. The store was operated for 10 years by her son, Rob Tanguay, and wife, Michele, and recently transferred to the current owners, who are her daughter, Tina, and her husband, Neal Buiniskas, now carrying on the family traditions.

She was an active member of the Sabattus Seniors Association for many years. She participated in most functions, dinners and traveled on many of their trips all over New England and many parts of Canada. She was a supportive member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Sabattus American Legion Post 135.

She was a longtime member and officer of the Sabattus Recreation Club, co-chairing winter carnivals and fund drives for more than10 years. She was a great “Hockey Mom” and supporter of youth activities for all children. She was a great supporter for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Some of her enjoyments included dining and traveling, bowling, casino trips, shopping and flea markets in Florida. She loved playing cards with her friends and relatives. She really enjoyed her twice a week friendly Legion card nites. She enjoyed supporting special functions. She was a joyful and pleasant person to be with, and she will be missed dearly by all her friends from Maine to Florida.

Her greatest pride and joy was her loving family. She was a great organizer and leader and a true institution in herself. With good discipline, she raised a fine family full of love for one another. She will always remain in our hearts and will be sadly missed by her entire family.

She is survived by her loving husband of 51 years, Robert A. Tanguay, of Sabattus; their three children, daughter, Tina-Marie Buiniskas, and husband, Neal, of Lisbon, daughter, Brenda-Lee Hutchings, and husband, John C. (Jack), of Richmond; one son, Robert A. (Rob) Tanguay II, and wife, Michele (Albert), of Saco; five grandchildren, Amy Roy of Lisbon Falls, Ashly Tanguay of Saco, Shane Hutchings of Richmond, Randy LeClair, and wife, Alisha, of Freeport and Kristy Alexander, and husband, Wayne, of Richmond; five great-grandchildren, Spencer and Autumn LeClair of Freeport, and Mariah, Kylee and Jaiden Alexander, all of Richmond; many close friends, aunts, uncles, nephews and nieces.

She was predeceased by her father; her mother and stepfather; brothers, Michael and Mathias Gahagan; sisters, Beatrice Thompson and Mary Gunter; and a niece, Sharlene Meng.